Manchester has always been a hotbed of musical talent and it remains to be a fertile ground for new bands today.
It all started off in the 1960’s and 1970’s with bands such as The Hollies and the Bee Gees producing music that really turned what was popular at the time on its head. While other cities in England built on trends, Manchester was very much a trend setter and continues to be to this day.
The city provided the early stamping ground for rock bands such as The Smiths, Joy Division and the Sex Pistols in the 1980s. The scene grew a bit more sedate in the 1990’s but Oasis and the Stone Roses as well as boy band wonders Take That produced some massive classic hits that are still played all over the world today.
Others bands such as James and the Chemical Brothers are still on the go today, touring and performing the world over.
The music industry is fluid though and there are many bands that have made it to the charts with massive hits such as Kid British, Billy Ruffian and Everything.
While Manchester is known for its clubbing scene, there are a lot of live music venues, ranging from concerts at City Hall and the football stadiums to clubs and small intimate gigs at pubs and bars. In today’s day and age, you can simply look online and see who is playing where, but Manchester has that exploration feel where you can literally walk around town and just look on the boards outside whatever club or pub you happen to be passing by to see who is playing.
The city really does encourage musical talent to shine through and many venues organize open microphone nights where anyone can just rock up and have a go at singing and playing their music to the audience.